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The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is one of the few pediatric CICUs in the nation and the first dedicated pediatric cardiac unit in the Southeast. The cardiac care unit provides highly specialized pre-and post-operative care for children undergoing cardiac surgery and interventional catheterization. 

 

The latest equipment and a multidisciplinary team ensure the finest care for patients in the cardiac care unit. Innovative therapies available in the pediatric CICU include nitric oxide (an inhaled medication used to relax blood vessels), new inotropic agents and mechanical cardiac assist technology, bed side lab testing and results and a computerized data collection and storage system providing an integrated data base for management of patients with complex lesions.

 

CICU Services for Parents

  • Parent Support Group-HOPE (Heart Organization for Parents-and Education) run by parents of children with congenital heart disease and supported by Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital.
  • Waiting room with computer and Internet access to help parents learn about support groups and use educational resources.

Latest Heart Program News

Cardiac Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Recognized with Gold Beacon Awards

National three-year awards recognize exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Program Hosts National Conference on 'Sudden Death in the Young'

Pediatric cardiologists from throughout North America will focus on identification and treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and medical conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in children and teens.

Inoperable Baby from Minnesota Receives Heart-Saving Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

A four-month old baby is preparing to celebrate her first Christmas with her family after a life-saving heart surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, made possible with the aid of virtual-reality imaging.


In Depth Tour of The Heart Program
Take an in-depth tour and meet the team members that make up the Nicklaus Children's Heart Program.
 
Heart Program Virtual Visit
For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.
 
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U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals 

Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story

The Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.

What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.

Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™  network.

A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts

During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in pediatric cardiology.

In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.

The Ultimate in High-Tech meets High-Touch

The Heart Program offers the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and interventional techniques and equipment for treatment and management of pediatric cardiovascular conditions. The pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are the most technologically advanced in existence, allowing The Heart Program to offer children the latest innovations.

While in this high-tech arena, children and their families are at the center of a multidisciplinary medical effort. They are surrounded by a team of doctors, nurses and staff who know, through years of experience, just how to meet the special needs of the tiniest patients, as well as how to support families in managing the stress of having a child in a critical-care setting.


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